This luxury historic cottage was once the last resting place of King Henry VI’s knights

Ruth Doherty
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays

From Country Living

Nestled in Herefordshire’s patchwork countryside, you'll find this characterful period cottage tucked away in the banks of the river Arrow.

Located in the fairytale village of Eardisland, the cottage’s Tudor timber-frame hints at what's inside. Chalky vintage style, irregular lines and polished parquet floor dating back to the Roaring 20s combine to create a charmingly curious nest you'll never want to leave.

Steeped in history, this luxury self-catering cottage was built before the last battle of The War of The Roses in 1461 and is believed to be the last resting place for Henry VI's knights.

In fact, their red rose paintings are still displayed in the dining room today. The 1920s saw The Twinings Tea family take ownership of the house; they laid the parquet floor in the great hall for their daughter’s wedding.

Chic, modern touches marry perfectly with period features, and you'll find everything you need to make country living a breeze. Pour a Nespresso coffee to enjoy with some artisan bread from the community-run local shop and gather around the dining table, overlooked by thick wooden beams.

Later on, with little ones cosied-up in the snug, grown-ups can spend evenings basking in the warmth of the crackling open fire in the old great hall or plugging some jazz into the Harman-Kardon speakers to enjoy some Great Gatsby-style revelry.

The raised lawn was designed so that parents can happily supervise children playing from the comfort of the sumptuous interiors. Venture across the road from the cottage to discover your extended garden which occupies an exclusive spot along the river.

Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays

You'll find a collection of linen deck chairs, cushions and lawn games in the shed, making the perfect companions on those balmy (hopefully) English summer days.

Whittle away afternoons picnicking on the riverbank or nosy the shelves of Hay-on-Wye’s famous old bookshops. Whatever you decide, this is a delightful yet design-led getaway that the term 'chocolate box' doesn't even do justice to.

The property is available to book via Unique Homestays.

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Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays
Photo credit: Mark Watts/Unique Homestays

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